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Fetal thoracic duct lymph flow response to intravascular saline infusion.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3381906     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
The left thoracic lymph duct was catheterized at the base of the neck in the sheep fetus at 123-136 days of gestation, and the lymphatic catheter was connected to a jugular vein catheter so that the lymph could return to the fetus. Lymph flow was studied 5 days after catheter implantation in the unanesthetized fetus. Basal fetal thoracic duct lymph flow rate per unit body weight averaged three times adult sheep values. After an infusion of 20 ml/kg of warmed isotonic saline into a fetal vein over 5 min, lymph flow rate increased significantly to 161 +/- 15% of control, with a peak at 8 min after termination of the infusion, and flow declined thereafter. The increased lymph volume above baseline values over 30 min averaged 5.7% of the infused volume and is similar to the adult response. Plasma and lymph protein concentrations decreased as did the lymph-to-plasma protein concentration ratio. The latter is opposite to what occurs in the adult under the same conditions. Thus the present study shows that even though the fetus has a much higher basal thoracic duct lymph flow rate than the adult, the responsiveness of the fetal lymphatic system to intravascularly infused saline is similar to that of the adult. The decrease in the lymph-to-plasma protein concentration ratio suggests that there may be differences between fetal and adult vascular-interstitial-lymphatic protein kinetics.
Authors:
R A Brace
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of physiology     Volume:  254     ISSN:  0002-9513     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Physiol.     Publication Date:  1988 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1988-07-15     Completed Date:  1988-07-15     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370511     Medline TA:  Am J Physiol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  R1007-10     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Reproductive Medicine, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla 92093.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Animals
Blood Pressure
Blood Proteins / analysis
Fetal Heart / physiology
Fetus / physiology*
Heart Rate / drug effects
Hematocrit
Lymph / drug effects,  physiology*
Reference Values
Sheep
Sodium Chloride / blood,  pharmacology*
Thoracic Duct / physiology*
Grant Support
ID/Acronym/Agency:
HD-21269/HD/NICHD NIH HHS
Chemical
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Blood Proteins; 7647-14-5/Sodium Chloride

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